Bill Clinton, the former President of the United States, in a recent address to 7,000 architecture professionals, challenged architects to seek simple solutions to reduce carbon emissions citing former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s NYC Cool Roofs initiative to paint city roofs white to increase cooling efficiency.
Given that global warming is a reality and in the light of the toll this year´s heat wave has taken, simple design solutions across the board need to be an integral part of ´smart´ design solutions.
Appropriately, our special feature on Smart Homes showcases smart technologies and products that make the home more energy efficient, secure and comfortable. And a fiercely debated yet integral material of contemporary homes - glass, has Zuby Johal from Studio Avtar talk about her stunning designs using molten glass.
Our savvy projects this month: The BNK Group has artfully designed a duplex apartment where spaces are crafted in fusion style so that each area is distinctive, yet the overall design language of the home is uniform; an office by vHv Designs uses material, symmetry and style to lend it a unique look; and a restaurant in Delhi - Pamphilos - is a space that creates memories every time you visit.
And there´s more. The new JW Marriott in Mumbai is another iconic design by Hong Kong based Peter Silling and Associates, where class meets comfort. Ideal for business and pleasure, this hotel combines the grandeur of Indian design with contemporary elements to create a unique experience. On the global front, world renowned shoe brand Manolo Blahnik´s new London store by Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design, just like the shoes, is beautifully crafted with geometric display elements and a grand salon theme.
In a chat, Gita Ramanan of Design Café throws light on designing spaces that are acoustically and aesthetically sound.
And with us, things are hotting up with the 10th CWAB Awards coming up in August! They promise to be the best ever... See the website http://asappconferences.com/cwab2015/ to know more.